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threat not just to the region but to the entire world. >> i wish i didn't have to say this. but it is going to get worse before it gets better. >> the aid group, doctors without borders says a treatment center that opened in liberia with 120 beds filled immediately. >> public health experts in louisiana are taking action after a brain-eating ameba was found in the water supply. they're beginning a chlorine burn whichl willast for two months in order to clean that water. residents of the area near new orleans are being told they can drink the water right now but not to allow it in their noses. >> for two nights in a row a family near harrisburg, pennsylvania is insisting there were ufos flying near their home. stephanie wilkerson and her husband enjoying a glass of wine when they spotted strange lights. grabbed a cell phone camera started recording what they saw. this is the result. the neighbors stunned insisted on calling the police and filing
a report. >> for me to see that, i am now a believer. >> our officer saw something that was out of the ordinary for the night sky. >> at first they thought it was planet, star, and lights started changing colors. the harrisburg airport reported no aircraft on the radar at that time. >> i love, police say out of the ordinary. they can't tell you what it is either. they checked, maybe a helicopter. the tower said no. no helicopter in the region either. >> what about drones, possibility been raise add but that? >> yeah, speculation, drones with lights. i don't know. >> let's include the fact that they were sitting down to enjoy a glass of wine. i'm not saying. i'm just saying. >> it is on tape. >> maybe we are all enjoying a glass of wine now too. >> oh, is that the creepy music. sxchlt fil x files. >> twilight throw back. >> a highly invasive species of bugs destroying lawns up and down the texas/oklahoma border.
destroy, army worms. look like caterpillars. with appetites so big they can kill a garden in less than one day. the infestation is especially bad. but they're not harmful to people. they can be eliminated with a special insecticide as well. >> another kind of pest making a huge mess in parts of central wisconsin. not the dogs, we are talking gaggles of geese. they're leaving their special mark on outdoor areas. so experts have come up with a way to scare them off. yeah, without hurting them. place the cardboard cutouts of dogs you saw. there they are. targeting the areas hoping they'll shoo the geese away. the problem is the dogs are so popular they have been stolen. so, great idea. apparently too great of an idea. >> probably a better solution next time, guyguys. who are you going to call? when you find out, the answer is obvious. national ghostbusters day. celebrating the 30th anniversary >> the comedy is remastered
returning to 700 theaters this weekend also released on bluray and all sorts of 30th anniversary merchandise. say 30th anniversary makes me feel old. >> little old. little old. the marshmallow man in our heads. for young adults. a fond memory from our childhoods making this our "favorite story of the day." >> my favorite. slimer. when they came out, remember, getting the green slime. sold green slime. went with it. probably drove my parents crazy. everyone wanted the green slime. >> then it was kool-aid, ecto-cool, all of that spin-off products that everyone was cashing in on after that. >> love it. >> very amazing. >> coming up. what do you get when you invite hundreds of video game programmers to solve a world crisis. >> all these computer experts were heating up to find new treatment to fight ebola. why the solution just might be found here. >> also, later the decorating solutions that you should
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the big question now, when it comes to guns, how long is too young? >> we're up all "nightline" this morning with juju chang. >> otherwise the gun won't fire, okay. >> reporter: the latest fatal collision of kids and guns. a new jersey family on vacation visits arizona last stop. a popular gun range outside las vegas. a chance for their 9-year-old daughter to fire an uzi machine gun. her parents capture it all on video while the instructor, charles vacca is by her side. >> go ahead and give me one shot. >> then vacca sets the uzi on automatic. when the girl pulls the trigger, tragedy. the powerful recoil makes her lose control of the weapon. 39-year-old vacca is shot in the head killing him. >> how does a 9-year-old get an uz. in her hands. >> a 9-year-old gets an uzi within her hand, within the criteria, 8 years old. shoot firearms. we instruct kids, 5, don't
handle firearms, under the supervision of their parents and range masters. >> reporter: on this range outside austin, texas, girls as young as 6 are getting gun safety training with serious fire power. but these semiautomatic, ar-15s don't have the same kickback as aautomatic uzi. just 7. the gun industry is looking for people like her. >> when you teach kids that young you take the mystery out of the gun. they know to respect it if you teach them to respect it. >> reporter: nicky jones leads austin sure shots. a women's only shooting club that runs the kids' training course. though this event is individually sponsored the national rifle association and industry sponsored organizations, pour tens of millions of dollars every year into youth shooting programs nation wide. what made you think okay she is 6. she is ready to try this? >> she has seen the weapons in our gun safe. and she was asking questions
that for us was an important time to utilize that to educate her. >> reporter: while vanessa's parents store their guns in locked safes. critics argue training and trust may not be enough to prevent accidents. kids and guns they say, simply don't mix. >> kids are impulsive. you can't teach that out of a kid, right. you can't. >> reporter: dr. denise dowd writes policy for american academy of pediatrics. she says kids' brains aren't mature enough they lack impulse control. >> you can teach them. they can pare it back. they should not be in independent control of the weapon. in her kansas city children's hospital alone there are 30 to 50 cases annually. tragedies she says, that are entirely preventible. >> if you don't trust your kids 100% of the time, especially when it comes to something that is so high risk. >> reporter: back on the range. safety is always a top priority for the sure shots. >> i have to say all of you were very safe. >> reporter: youth training day end with diplomas. it's clear these kids and their
parents believe deeply in the right to bear arms at any age. but in light of this latest tragic accident, gun critics wonder at what cost. for "nightline," juju chang, in austin, texas. >> eye-opening. >> very eye-opening. rays a lot of questions. and the age limitation. whether there should be state regulation. whether gun ranges should have a say in who should be allowed to participate? i mean, discussions certainly taking place in the country because of this. >> we'll be right back.
ally in the battle. video guamers. >> reporter: researchers looking for ways to end dangerous diseases are recruiting video gamers to help create a cure for the deadly ebola virus. >> gamers think differently than researchers. >> reporter: at institute for protein design, biochemistry students are teaming up with gamers who play fold it. an interactive, online game developed by the university. that lets players tackle puzzles for science. >> if all the players are very, very ingenious and intelligent. and they, they have developed algorithms that parallel our algorithms. >> the ebola challenge, is to fold a protein in the best position to stick to the ebola protein. >> this is a good starting place for drug design. >> reporter: 500 gamers from around the world took on the last ebola challenge. several came up with top scoring solutions for jamming the virus's ability to infect
people. >> pre teoteins can have many structures, the computer can't survey all possible structures. gamers are coming with new types of structures that have the right shape to stick to that spot of the viperous. >> reporter: researchers, say collaborating with gamers now wouldn't affect the current ebola outbreak which has killed more than 1,400 in west africa but could lead to long term treatment. >> i think it's amazing that, citizens can interact so directly with science now. >> reporter: like crowd funding for a cure. only uw isn't asking for money or letters to senators they're asking game tires give them what computers can't. human intuition. in seattle, elisa jaffe. >> beaware. not working with live ebola virus that could kill people. a different version of the vif russ. interesting. can't replicate itself, can't infect humans either. >> and they point out the fact that, humans can think of more
than three dimensional form than a computer. hopefully. possibly fiend the cure out there that might not be done by machine alone. >> video gamers, playing super mario brothers don't tell your mom you're helping solve the ebola outbreak. these are people who can deal with algorithms. >> coming up. tips on home design. and what you should be safgs vi on. stay with us. it's scary. little bit in my eye. [ michelle ] underneath the kitchen table, underneath my work desk, we've got enough to knit a sweater. [ doorbell rings ] zach, what is that? the swiffer sweeper. the swiffer dusters. it's some sort of magic cloth that sucks in all the dog hair. it's quick and easy. pretty amazing that it picked it all up. i would totally take on another dog. [ kevin ] really? ♪
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something fancy? we spent the day with huffington post home editor jessica anderson who told us when to save and when to splurge. our first stop, target. for some great deals. save on a table because it is not all about the lighting? >> love this one. the glass looks handcrafted. this will function as an accessory in your room. >> another place to save. >> side tables. for the most part they're going to be used in a same way. lamps, cups, mail. >> next up, area rugs. >> this one is for a purpose. you are already getting a good deal. getting a designer piece here. >> roll out in aisle 4. >> pull together two, stitch them together. get two rugs for the price of one. >> now it was team to splurge. we checked out new york's gracious home for super luxe items. when it comes to sheets, splurge. >> if you get something cheaper your washing machine is going to eat away it. you've will be back to the
bedding aisle in no time. luxurious doesn't mean highest thread count. focus on the type of cotton you are getting. >> i like these. >> ah. >> ha-ha. >> can we just stay for a while. >> reporter: another good investment, light fixtures. >> these are more expensive. >> this will be a centerpiece. likely to hang this over the dining table. you want to spend on this. this is probably your main source of lighting in your room. ♪ for a unique touch, check out cool hardware pieces. we are talking about the knobs on your doors or on your dresser or on your bathroom vanity. >> reporter: looks like i have my work cut out for me. i'm taking this one with me. come on, cheat sheet. sarah haynes, abc news, new york. >> saw on the graphic. knobs. up to $350 per knob. not happening. >> that is a splrnurge. has everything been waterproofed and, child proofed in the home with calise. >> that's what i do.
this morning on "world news now" -- emotional appeal. the mother of an american hostage with a direct message to the terrorist who captured her son. >> i ask you to please release my child. >> as american air strikes tame aim at isis rebels. >> safety debate. serious question as but children handling guns after a fatal accident on a gun range involving a 9-year-old girl and an uzi. >> these aren't employees or associates of ours, these are family. >> the grief, anger and what went wrong. >> later, java jolt.
get the buzz about a trendy coffee drink with an extra ingredient to help you lose weight. but how does this taste? it's thursday, august 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> talking about all the additives going in the big scoop of what looks look butter. >> yeah, wonderful. if you are not going to die of a heart attack maybe clogged arteries from morning coffee. >> interesting. get the taste test i guess from everyone. see how it does. >> yeah. we'll have to wait and see. >> we want to begin with american mother who is pleading with isis this morning to release her son who is being held hostage. >> in this video shirley sotloff appealed to her son's captors to have mercy on a man sympathetic to the suffering of muslim. here's abc's brian ross. >> i am shirley sotloff, my son stephen is in your hands. >> reporter: the mother's emotional plea came eight days after isis said etd would execute her 31-year-old
journalist son seen in the same video release that showed the execution of james foley. >> i want what every mother wants to live to see her children's children. >> reporter: shirley sotloff directed her plea to the isis leader, al-baghdadi, he claims he is the khalif. >> i learned that you the khalif can grant amnesty. i ask you to please release my child. >> reporter: for another american mother, anguish turned to joy as her son, journalist peter theo curtis returned home to cambridge, massachusetts. after being held for two years by a different jihadist group in syria. >> i had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf. now having found out i am overwhelmed with emotion. >> reporter: as much as american hostages have focus add tension on syrian terrorist groups it is american recruits who joined them that most worry authorities.
new details emerged about the background of this american jihadist, douglas mccain, killed fighting for isis in syria over the weekend. it turns out mccain's high school in suburban minneapolis, the robbinsdale cooper school brought together two midwestern boys who went on to become terrorists. this family photo shows mccain on the left on the right his high school class mate and friend, troy castagar who later died fighting for the al qaeda group in somalia. >> this is the real disneyland. >> while no indication that they were student of ours that they would turn to violent. >> reporter: could there be a third jihadist from the minneapolis high school? this video of a syrian militant shows the gunman wearing a sweatshirt, coopers hawk, distinct lettering of the mascot the hawks. as steve sotloff's mother awaits word of the fate of her son the u.s. wednesday carried out three more air strikes against isis in
clear defiance of the isis demand the bombing stops or that sotloff die. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> the sister of the accused boston marathon bombers has been arrested. charged with aggravated harassment for threatening the mother of her boyfriend's child. police in new york said she called the 23-year-old woman monday and said, i have people that can go over there, and put a bomb on you. >> now to a tragic story in texas. a father has been acquitted of shooting and killing the man who ran down his sons. the two preteens were pushing a truck that had run out of gas with their father steering. when a drunk driver plowed into them. police said david barajas went home, got a gun shooting the driver. but no murder weapon was ever found. and barajas was found not guilty. he says though it doesn't really help. >> i'm still destroyed. i'm missing my sons. all way and forever. >> the driver's family left the
courthouse without saying a word about the verdict. barajas says he feels for them too because they also lost a son. >> there are some new questions this morning being asked about accidental shooting death of an instructor at an arizona gun range. many people are wondering, why parents would let a child handle a submachine gun? here is abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: the girl in this video is 9 years old. >> this leg forward. >> reporter: from the east coast with her family visiting a popular tourist attraction monday near las vegas. a shooting range. bullets andburgers. >> go ahead and give me one shot. >> reporter: the instructor 39-year-old charles vacca switches the gun to fully ought matting. when she fires she loses control accidentally shooting vacca dead. >> it's look losing a brother. not employees or associates these are family. >> reporter: the shooting is tragically similar to this one in 2008 when an 8-year-old boy fired an uzi it recoiled killing him. there is no federal law
prohibiting children from shooting ranges. in pennsylvania, one range we found, kids have to be 12 or older. in california, 7. one texas range allows kids to pull the trigger as young as 6. some firing ranges like the centennial gun club in colorado say that is too yuoung. >> we have chosen not to let a 9-year-old shoot at our club. >> why? >> they're still developing. there is a strength issue. there is a maturity issue. there is a competencier to. >> reporter: we fired the same caliber bullet. you can see the kick. a powerful force that some firearms experts say may be too much for kids to handle. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> in omaha, a tragic dose of reality for a rowdy television show. a crew member for the show "cops" was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at a wendy's. so was the suspect who was armed.
only with a pell eet gun. the fir mast major accident for "cops" on for 25 years. his officers had no choice but to open fire. >> the defense has rest in the corruption trial of former governor bob mcdonnell, and his wife, maureen. the mcdonnell's oldest daughter, testified she loves both of her parents and revealed painfully personal details about their crumbling marriage. the couple says they could not have conspireden a corruption scheme because they have barely spoken for years. after court, mcdonnell seemed upbeat. >> now that everybody has been released. all of it, all of my children, everybody can be in the courtroom. it is a great feeling of support as we close the case. >> prosecutors may call one more witness today. then final arguments expect fried day. >> you can add soccer to list of sports with concussion controversies. a group of soccer players and parents filed a lawsuit against the sports international governing body along with several u.s. soccer
organizations. they say the groups have been negligent in monitoring and treating head injuries. not demanding financial damages, but a change to the rules. >> josh shaw admits he is not a hero he is a liar. the usc star football player told school administrators he made up the story about rescuing his nephew from drowning. that's not how he sprained his ankles. the head coach says he is extremely disappointed in shaw and he has been suspended indefinitely days after he was elected captain of the team. >> it's pretty clear there is quite a bit, few conflicting stories out there. you know, any information that we have been troe viprovided to point we pushed along to campus authorities. >> shaw claimed he had leaped from a second floor balcony to save the child. and the story went viral. the trojans, actually play their first game this saturday. they're going to be without their star quarterback. >> and for anyone who ever looked folish on the tennis
court it even happens to the pros. look, getting her braid caught in her racket while hitting a forehand at the u.s. open. well it dent do much for her backhand either. she said it almost took her head off. she went on to beat her opponent in straight sets. despite that, that bad hair day. >> a true athlete right there. kept going. she kept going. even though her hair was in the racket. >> when you have $3 million on the line. yeah, lose a few strand all for dead ka dedication of the sport. >> used to get it caught in a penny tail before. started putting it in a braid to prevent this. that didn't really help her this time either. >> i am impressed she didn't drop any four letter word on that one, but went on to beat and succeed. >> man helps her. if tennis isn't your taste. how about tomatoes? some 22,000 people taking parting in this year's event in spain, along with 125 tons of tomatoes. this has become a major tourist attraction in eastern spain.
it was sold out weeks ago. you have to get tickets for this thing. nonresidents. 10 euros. $13 to participate. number of participants, outnumbers number of residents. eventually somebody has to clean that up. >> lot of sauce being made right there. apparently, limited to one hour, one hour only. an odd question for you, brandi, ever been hit with a tomato before. >> no, my hope is it will not happen right now. >> no, no vegetables up here. actually it stings a lot from the acid. >> you have been hit. >> used to have a garden growing up. end of the season any rotten tow matow -- tomatoes, we would chuck. sting and leave a welt. >> wlt or bruise. >> for those at home. gardening can be dangerous. a coming up in "the mix," a dangerous stunt you will not want to try at home. pretty cool to see. see who turned himself into a human catapult. >> also ahead.
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the music, indication for the next story coming up here the a family scared their house might be haunted might have called the ghostbusters. instead they probably would have been better off calling a snake charmer. >> all of the strange things happening in the middle of the night. furniture moving. dishes breaking were the result of a giant python slithering abut. the unwanted guest keeping the frightened family on edge. for week this family feared something supernatural was haunting their hope. >> there were objects moved here and there. things were falling over. lamp for example. my wife and i, we just -- it was a guest. >> reporter: the nefarius noisemaker, knocking over wine glasses and decorations in their canadian home was no ghost. instead this 10-foot long, retick lated python, enough to
make indiana jones himself slither away in fear. >> why did it have to be snakes? >> i am a bit creeped out by it. not going to lie. rachel lake and her 10-year-old son, xavier, spotting the uninvited guest near the sofa. >> the snack was herke was here danging down. i was about to sit down. >> i jumped up. grabbed my kid. ran out of the house screaming. >> police and animal patrol officers coming to the rescue, reviewing the reptile. the python is the longest snake in the world growing up to 30 feet and 300 pound. >> rather unhappy, ornery snack to deal with. we were table to safely get it out of there. >> as for the family who is in the process of packing. moving day can't come soon enough. >> when they found an anaconda
in his house. completely illegal. they took the snakes away. >> you have covered this and done due diligence on this. this is not a poisonous snake, right? at the same time, you put in your notes. not venomous, large pythons can in flkt injuries, requiring stitches. >> anything that can grow up to ten feet and wraparound its prap. >> do you like snakes, indiana jones. >> if you have a snake at home as a pet. tweet us, facebook. i want to know what the attraction to keep snakes as pets. never understood it. >> pretty cool. >> no thank you. no thank you. let's move on. coming up. bullet proof coffee. the latest trend in so-called superfoods. what is making the cup so special. is it actually even good. i will have a taste of what is brewing. >> in nekts half-hour. one man's search for the perfect hot dog. takes him across the country to major league ballparks. which team got the top dog. we have hey leader. you're watching "world news
welcome back this thursday. so many of us look to coffee to get us through our day or in this case our nights. yes, there is a new super brew that claims to do more than just give you the usual boost. >> this is called bulletproof coffee. fans of it say it can help lose weight, boost energy as well as some benefits. abc's rachel smith investigates. >> reporter: hold the cream and sugar. the growing trend in the morning cup of joe, butter and oil. it's called, bulletproof coffee. ingredients low toxin, clean coffee, two tablespoons of unsalted grass fed butter, two tablespoons of oil, or coconut
oil. >> it is very strong. especially up here. >> the creator, dave asbury claims his concoction high in healthy fats, increases immunity, cognitive function and promotes weight loss. the question is there enough proof to go bulletproof. >> we don't have enough research to support it being, something that is good for us in the long term. >> reporter: let's weigh the numbers. one cup of coffee, contains 460 calories, equivalent to a fast food double choose burger and 52 grams of fat or same amount of fat in 12 medium eggs. meaning bulletproof may not be fail proof. >> are they changing their diet to acome date so much fat. i doubt it. >> i took the bulletproof coffee to a l.a. cafe for a taste test. >> it's oily right. >> wow, really good. >> not for me. >> fantastic. >> rachel smith, abc news, los
angeles. >> here's the problem, not a lot of nutritional value in that. >> what, butter? >> butter, caffeine. you've know what does go great with coffee though, tah-dah, cherry turnovers to. day celebrating national cherry turnover day. yes, in fact a national day for it. so, enjoy. look at this. fantastic. so, originally just, it's just a popover, essentially right. do you make, do you bake? i'll get to the basics? >> not anything like this if i bakedai very, very important holiday. a reason we are celebrating this. because of the significance of cherries in american history. that's, that's the -- >> the cherry tree? >> yes. but cherries were brought over. history lesson here in 1600 by the english colonists. >> keep going. i can keep eating this. >> 44 cherries average in one pound. did you know this. more than 1,000 varieties of
cherries, 1,000, who is keeping count here. is it good? >> it's very good. i love the fact that it's -- you know -- very early. even in new york. tough to fine these things. cherry turnover day. congratulations. >> happy turnover day. >> go out and find a card for that one. coming up. the human catapult you have got to see to believe. that's why yo. because when you use bleach, some stains are left behind. as this dye reveals. lysol toilet bowl cleaner does more. it removes the tough stains that bleach doesn't, and it also disinfects. so why just bleach? with lysol youan do more. that's healthing. and get max cleaning and freshness with every flush. try lysol no mess max. she loves to shop online with her debit card. and so does bill, an identity thief who stole mary's identity, took over her bank accounts, and stole her hard earned money. unfortunately, millions of americans just like you
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now for "the mix." in time for lay dobor day weeke. summer fun. check out this video, team super tramp. look at this. see the video take off. probably one of the coolest thingize have seen. looks like a ton of fun. they have made a human catapult. bam! there we go. >> wow. >> the ricky mountains where it is taped. all these different angles. they can get up to 55 feet in the air. look at the slow-mo. and wee! a lot of fun. >> that is fun. >> what, 55 feet. >> 55 feet in the air.
i've don't know if you are flipping if you know which way is up. off a why can't we take "world news now" on location. >> we should petition that. camera angle. that's awesome. >> very cool indeed. so a very interesting, very special honor at the white house. with president obama and vice president joe biden. commemorating the oldest female world war ii veteran. she is 108 years old. take a look at this very special meeting they had there. >> so nice to meet you. >> fantastic. >> thank you. >> you are welcome. >> she served in the women's army corps in world war ii. see the vice president chatting her up there. the president, the president giving her, offering her a few word. saying i only give that to my good friends. really amazing now. >> so sweet. gives her a big kiss on her cheek. just love it. too cute. >> attention all single guys out there, if you are looking for
love at this hour. and one of those 1-800 numbers. >> well, that's one option. >> you can move to the small town in south eastern brazil. it's called noiva de cordeiro. the reason why, all women. an entire town of women. 600. most age 20-35. they're looking for men. she is beautiful. wow. so, i guess they're looking for guys to move down there. hoping that some might want to get hitched. either love this idea. find your lady love, or maybe you dent want to be in a town completely run by women. i've think it sounds cool. yeah, interesting. interesting. interesting. off awe i'm stuck on the fact, you were asking people if they're looking for love at this hour. >> never, never. >> i'm sorry. lastly love did find itself out of tragedy. this is a very beautiful story. that was born out of the boston marathon bombing last year. this is really amazing. this is james costello, christa
this morning on "world news now" -- tropical trouble. the extremely dangerous surf on both coasts, the deadly consequences, the rescues and today's serious warnings. >> "set him free," the direct message from a mother of a hostage to her son's captors. will her emotional plea make a difference? >> controversial billboard. why a church put up a big ad that says "god loves sex." the eye-catching message that is stirring up a debate. >> and "soprano's" cliffhanger.
what really happened to tony soprano when the epic series ended the new comments that have fans buzzing this morning. it's all in "the skinny" on this thursday, august 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." i wonder, viewers are saying what happened at the end? >> i know. and now we might know -- but we might not. >> good morning, i'm brandi hitt. >> i'm dan kloeffler on this thursday morning. let's get right to our top story this morning. dangerous rip currents, high surf on both coasts. there is a hurricane in the atlantic, tropical storm in the pacific. >> not only warnings for swmers and surfers, but even waders. abc's kirk hawkins has more. >> reporter: high surf pounded the malibu pier, waves as high as 15 feet destroyed several pilings and forced the closure of the popular attraction. >> we are seeing the best waves in god, 30 years. lifeguards tried to rescue this surfer tuesday. it was too late. he drowned after he was under nearly five minutes.
>> what a tragedy. we sat here and watched the guy, not react. >> reporter: surfing legend laird hamilton was responsible for one of several rescues captured on camera. >> he was happy, thankful. his eyes were big. he was appreciative that he was back on the land. >> reporter: as tropical storm marie spins away from the southern california coast, spectators watched in awe. [ playful screams ] ah! [ laughter ] homeowners aren't taking any chances. sandbagging as bulldozers build berms, a wall of sand to prevent flooding. >> the water came in the last flood. >> reporter: in the atlantic, hurricane cristobal is moving north, raising the risk of rip currents northern florida to maine. churning up waves to 6 feet, and already claiming the life of an 18-year-old swimmer from virginia and 17-year-old in new jersey. in newport beach, california they know the risks. >> the people that go in there are definitely risking life and limb. >> reporter: a number of nearby beaches and the malibu pier are expected to remain closed until friday.
kirk hawkins abc news, los angeles. brandi, dan, back to you. >> all right, kirk, >> thank you for that. extreme weather is not limited to the coast. expect heavy rain in the nation's midsection. extending all the way up to the great lakes and down to western texas. but also showers along the gulf coast and in montana. >> 80s along the eastern seaboard. in the 90s in kansas city, memphis, atlanta and dallas. chicago, detroit, you are going to be in the mid 70s. 89 in los angeles. ooh, hot 105 in phoenix. >> now to a developing story we have been watching overnight which could affect millions of bank customers. the fbi and secret service are investigating possible cyber attacks against at least five major u.s. financial institutions. one of the hack victims is j.p. morgan chase the nation's largest bank. this morning's "the new york times" says huge amounts of data were stolen including checking and savings account information. there are reports that russian hackers are behind this attack. but that is not just certain just yet.
>> russian backed rebel forces have launched a new offensive along ukraine's coastline. the heavily armed separatist forces captured new territory and could be seeking to create a land link between russia and strategic crimea region. the state department says the u.s. is troubled russian soldiers have been found 30 miles inside ukraine. >> the mother of an american hostage being held by islamic militants pleading for her son's release. isis has threatened to kill stephen sotloff unless the u.s. stops its air strikes. abc's susan saulny has more. >> please release my child. >> reporter: the anguished mother of yet another american journalist being held by isis, pleading with the terrorist to free her son, stephen sotloff. in a video obtained by abc news, and already broadcast on one arabic language news channel, shirley sotloff speaks directly to the leader of the militant group. >> i ask you to use your authority to spare his life. i plead with you to grant me this. >> reporter: the 31-year-old
sotloff was last seen alive at the end of the disturbing video which showed the beheading of american journalist james foley last week. the isis militant in the video spoke directly to president obama, calling on him to end american air strikes against isis targets in iraq. a white house spokesman called the sotloff situation tragic. >> this administration is deeply engaged and doing everything we can to seek the return of every american who is currently being held in that region. >> reporter: while one family anxiously waits, another is celebrating a homecoming. after being held captive by militants in syria for two years, american journalist peter theo curtis is back home in cambridge, massachusetts. >> i suddenly remember how good the american people are. >> reporter: the white house repeated the u.s. will not pay ransoms for hostages, but officials said they "will exhaust every other option." awe paub lick health investig--
health investigators are taking action after a brain-eating ameba was found in the water supply. beginning a chlorine burn which will last for two months in order to clean that water. residents of the area near new orleans are being told they can drink the water but not to allow it in their noses. >> a highway billboard in pennsylvania is drawing a lot of attention and controversy. it says, "god loves sex." and advertises a series of sermons about sexuality, and nondenominational church. one of the church's pastors says sex is everywhere. religious leaders should just deal with it. >> it is in every single sitcom, it is on the radio you, go on any major news media outlet. there are stories about sexuality. >> a pastor at another church calls it "misleading." one driver thought it was an advertisement of a feature at a local movie theater. the sign is going to be up a while. it has four weeks to run. >> interesting, feature movie. the sermons just want to mention in the series include, the songs of solomon, sex and singles, and also, disagreeing with
homosexuality doesn't mean hatred according to the church. >> the only safe comment i will make about this. if the point was to put people in the pews, i think it is going to do exactly that. whether you agree with the way they're going about it. it is -- it is a way to draw attention. >> interesting modern take i think. >> yeah. >> okay. a new study out that suggests couples who smoke marijuana are less likely to suffer domestic violence. researchers studied hundreds of couples for nine years for this one. they found that those with high rate of marijuana consumption had a lower risk of domestic violence. however they say they do not recommend couples start smoking pot to save their marriages. saying that much more research needs how to be done here. and in another critically important study here, following the pot story. scientists in new zealand determined that most of us already know mozzarella is the best cheese topping for pizza. studying the, pizza baking
process here with cameras and computer software they developed. they concluded mozarella, browns, bubbles and blisters better than a cheddar or provolone, the cheese is stretchier. money was spent. i like the idea that money was spent to just get down to the bottom, the bottom of that. get down to the bottom of it. >> for what we knew all along. speaking of foods. hard to believe manhattan is getting its first denny's restaurant tomorrow. >> first one. and to improve classier clientele, this denny's is serving $300 breakfast. you are wondering -- what could denny's serve, the grand cruise slam. it features your typical eggs, sausage, pancakes with that, a bottle of dom perignon champagne. >> nice. this restaurant looks nothing like suburban denny's, in an historic building. has somewhat of a swanky decor. have to see how breakfast crowd is going to react to opening day. for me i was over -- moons over miami.
>> love moons over miami. >> and the grand slam. i mean, you put a bottle with dom with anything. it's going to be $300. lines are going to be out the door. coming up in "the skinny," what we told you hello kitty is not really a cute cartoon cat. get the facts right here. >> we are returning to our food theme and follow a guy who visited dozens of american ballparks to sample that -- oh, the hot dog. and where he found his favorite franks. coming up next on "world news now". ♪ now i wanna be your dog ♪ now i wanna be your dog >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by finish quantum powerball. w" weather brought to you by finish quantum powerball. they can't keep it to themselves. i'm switching for good wow! finish is seriously good can't believe how great it works love love love finish it's a shine that's sweeping across america. finish delivers an unbeatable clean and superior shine versus cascade's leading detergent. look no ugly spots... and see that shine?
>> welcome back on this thursday morning -- about to introduce you to a man who really loves hot dogs. in fact, so much he trekked to all 30 major league ballparks to find the best one. >> yes, all for you. and although all in good fun he did not take the endeavor lightly, creating a scale by which he would judge each and every dog. abc's josh haskell talked to him at new york city field. >> when you take a dog, open like this try to get into the stands in the crowd. you will get mustard on some body. >> he uses sauerkraut as final >> he uses sauerkraut as final topping on a hot dog. the lesson he learned eating his way through 30 major league baseball parks. ♪
♪ >> nothing is more interwoven in the fabric of americana, than baseball and hot dogs. >> reporter: a navy veteran, he slept in his toyota rav-4 driving 18,000 miles april through july. >> show you my house. gets messy as you travel. the big question is where do you sleep? there it is. >> it is a journey that's been done before. but never with quite the emphasis on the hot dog. is there a difference between having a hot dog in the parking lot of a baseball stadium than having it inside a major league park? >> absolutely. it's -- why ballparks make hot dogs taste better. usually the sensory input. sun in the face. crack of the bat, smack of the mitt, roar of the crowd. >> reporter: lore invented a rating system for the ballpark experience whiff include all of
that. then. tom invented his own point season for ballpark hot dogs. six factors for each dog. bun. taste. toppings. portability. price. and it factor. combining the two point systems, one ballpark received a perfect score. baltimore's oriole park at camden yards. >> baltimore does a good job of having a great stadium. decent price. great dog at a decent price. >> a lot going on in there. >> nice soft bun. you have the all-beach hebrew national frank. relish. onions. two types of mustard. >> sets off. hot dogs, it's what's good in life. >> tom lore financed the trip on his own. also visited 35 minor league parks. consuming a total of 75 hot dogs. he is now working on a book about his journey. you can read more about that on his blog. dan, brandi. >> he took this seriously. all the points you had to hit. >> you look at it and laugh at first.
really an impact in american culture from the hot dog, ballpark, baseball, was there a park that kind of didn't rank, didn't relish, if you will? >> there was. the boston red sox. a very famous park. the oldest park in major league history. but tom was not a fan of the park's northeastern bun or what he called their scarce selection of toppings. >> i didn't know northeastern bun is. this is getting more serious now that you have a specific type of bun. >> having spent time in new england, this is basically, not a rounded edge. right. almost look two pieces of bread that have been fused together at the bottom. i am question. dent know. >> it was missing the magical quality where the two pieces of bread come together. just two individual pieces of bread had no relationship at all. >> now we're hungry. >> starving for a hot dog. josh haskell, thank you,
we begin with the moment, seven years ago. >> yes, the epic ending to the sopranos when the screen went completely black to. day millions of fans are wondering if tony soprano is dead or alive. yesterday we thought we may have had an answer. >> yeah, we thought, a reporter from vox, quoting david chase as saying tony is not dead. hours later, chase's rep said the quote was misconstrued. and coinuing to search for the answer is fruitless. fans, back where we started not knowing for sure. >> in the end supposed to be a video taking home what they thought would happen. i doubt you will ever get an answer besides that.
>> interpretive ending. >> yes. hope all children are in bed and not watching us. >> that's right. we have learned that hello kitty is not a cat. >> what is it? >> the curator of an upcoming exhibit at hawaiian museum says she was told, hello kitty is a cartoon character, a little girl and a friend. you know what she is not not a cat. she ner wks oall >> the bear walks on two legs. and hello kitty can walk on two legs. persevered on a coin purse in 1974, several museum retrospectives planned as part of the 40th anniversary. the question, hello kitty, kitty chaos. >> mickey mouse is not a mouse? the disclaimer? >> he walks on two. good point. >> right? it's probably not going to come as a big surprise, taylor swift's "shake it off" is debuting on the billboard hot 100 charts and itunes. >> as a thank you she is tweeting behind the scene footage of her anthem to ignoring the haters. showing off her, actually, the clip here. >> most exciting video she has
ever done and most physically demanding. obviously right there. >> now to gift that keeps on giving. als bucket challenges, right. one of our favorite videos blowing up on the internet. >> italian queen of fashion. donatella versace, sitting between two shirtless boys. >> dominating -- dominating? you see where my name is. she is nominating musicians pharrell and prince. and has a little mix-up. >> please donate to asl -- >> ah! >> all for a good cause. don't want to be too harsh. says asl instead of als, maybe meant to say asl. which, brandi point this out for us. >> it stand for american sign language. >> i think she said, hold on. hold on. she realize she messed up. >> do you think people were paying attention to what she was saying or looking at eye candy, on both sides, dousing from the grecian urns. >> what you were watching. "snl" is going to make fun of that. >> sign language. want to know what sign language is. i learned this is ice.
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squads are getting the homecomings they deserve. abc's marci gonzalez takes us to all right action. >> what's up, chicago! >> reporter: in chicago, a rock star reception for the little league team. >> we had the national little league champions. >> reporter: that did something bigger than just win the u.s. championship. the jackie robinson west all-star not only brought the first national little league victory to chicago in 47 years, they're redefining what it means to be from the city's south side where some of the players grew up and a few of the most violent neighborhoods in chicago. and who they are was honored. the team starting at their home field, jackie robinson park. making their way by trolley through the streets of chicago. >> it was, you know, such a very
priceless moment. >> reporter: just one win away from being the first all african-american team to claim the world series title when they lost to south korea this weekend. but there was still so much to celebrate here and in philadelphia. where the team knocked out of competition by jackie robinson west got their own parade. sharing their glory with mo'ne the first female pitcher to within a game in the series and cheering on the rest of the little league team that made philly proud. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> awesome. >> yeah. as we wish both of the teams the very best. weave want to congratulate some one important to us here at abc news. of course, you folks at home as well. >> talking diane sawyer, our "world news" anchor, network leader and pioneer for women in the news business. she had her last day in the anchor chair yesterday. >> after nearly five years of helm of "world news," diane signed off in signature classic style paying tribute to the team behind the camera. >> david muir will take over for diane, report on big stories for abc. we will miss her daily presence here in the evenings. diane, thank you for being such a great role model to women in the business.
making news in america this morning, super swells. two hurricanes kicking up the surf and creating dangerous conditions. new pictures of the damage just in and the historic building taken out overnight. >> developing right now, possible security breaches at several american banks including the country's biggest. the federal probe just getting under way this morning. a star college athlete goes from hero to admitted liar in a matter of days. how his story of saving his nephew quickly unraveled. plus, the roommates back together again. how the late night hosts pulled off this "friends" reunion.